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Print - Mr. Poudret, Coiffeur
  • Mr. Poudret, Coiffeur
    Auger, Adrien-Victor, born 1787 - died 1854
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Mr. Poudret, Coiffeur

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris

  • Date:

    1813

  • Artist/Maker:

    Auger, Adrien-Victor, born 1787 - died 1854 (Designer)

  • Museum number:

    23696:4

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case O, shelf 3, box C

This print is taken from a series entitled ‘Le Gout du Jour’. In this caricatures of fashionable and stylish figures commonly seen around Paris are satirised. This particular image features Monsieur Poudret a hairdresser. He is shown tending to his mannequin with a comb and powdering its wig. Fashion played an important part in the French revolution. Changes in fashion were as dramatic as the changes in government. The powdered wig seen in the print became the symbol of the Ancien Regime aristocracy that had been wiped out during the Revoltion. Considering that this was made after the French Revolution, the decapitated mannequin head and the cruel way Mr. Poudret holds his pins in his mouth and fixes the object of his attention with such a cruel gaze is a reminder of the guillotine and full of black dark humour. The print is an etching made after Auger and published by Aaron Martinet in 1813. Martinet was the owner of a print shop in Paris famous for its window displays of satirical caricatures, which changed fortnightly.

Place of Origin

Paris

Date

1813

Artist/maker

Auger, Adrien-Victor, born 1787 - died 1854 (Designer)

Descriptive line

A fashionable hairdresser, with combs in his hands and pins between his lips, attends to a wig on a mannequin's head with a powder puff on the floor between them.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Fashion; Hairdressing; Satire

Categories

Hair and hairstyles

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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